“Action is eloquence.” – William Shakespeare
“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon
“Git-R-Done!” – Larry the Cable Guy
Even though it might not seem so, it’s been a year since our last new elected officials were seated and only about 10 months before our next election. It’s 6 months away from the filing deadline for local office or maybe even a vote to raise taxes.
A lot can happen in a year. Or not.
As a famous shoe company said, “Just do it!” I don’t think they meant this to apply to their use of sweatshop child labor. I think they meant – “get off the couch, you grumpy bastard, and get something done!
This is why I submit a plan to banish all Planning Departments in the valley and replace them with Doing Departments.
We have been doing a lot of planning.
We have the Snake River Management Plan. This is when Teton County Parks and Rec determined to Control and Regulate local commercial businesses and their use of the river. For the life of me I don’t know why the county would want to add this to their list of responsibilities.
Then there is the Integrated Transportation Plan. This doozy was passed by the Council and Commission this summer, but it was only when staffers assured that electeds were not “committed” to anything in the plan, like the North Bridge. Huh? What? Not committed? Come again? Um, WTF, over? This thing is as useless as a wooden spoon at a spelling bee.
How about the Housing Action Plan? In this document, there seems to be little action except to build a larger bureaucracy on top of an existing one. It will cost millions just to do this new version of the Housing Authority. (Not to mention that the new Housing Director will need a housing allowance.) Nowhere in the plan is there any proposal of what will get built or where.
Let’s not forget the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, which has now changed its name to the 2000-something Comprehensive Fantasy. Endless meetings upon meetings, consultants, staff time and paper – and what do we have to show?
Has it all been a waste of time?
I don’t know. Let’s plan on having a meeting to set up a schedule to select a process for evaluating consultants whom will be able to tell us what the public thinks.